Monday, June 30, 2014

A/H F/W 15/16: Spotlight on A Muse.

Model Bat in an A/H F/W 15/16 ensemble from Toile La La.
With her passion for art and architecture, fashion model Bat is also an aesthete.  Her everyday style hints of Goth, Grunge, even the Beat Generation.  Her eye for shape, color, and movement inspired the A/H F/W 15/16 collection - to the extent that this specific ensemble was created especially for her.  The cap is a striped version of her plain one.  The red neckerchief is her own.  The dolman sleeved bateau sweatshirt is similar to one we often see her wearing.  Bat is mad for plaid... so this magnified tartan A-line is dedicated to her.  Best of all, we like the way the silk hi-lo underskirt accentuates Bat's speedy gait... trailing behind her as she winds her way through museums and bookshelves.  Just add Bat's signature long black gloves and tall black boots and you've got the complete picture!  More photos of Bat in her favorite places at this Art Fashion Creation post.

Here, Bat in the Tres Petit Trianon Jardin as she appeared in the A/H F/W RTW Toile La La Romantic Souls fashion show last summer.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Leon Bakst (stststst's) Cat in the Form of a Woman.

Leon Bakst - The Supper.
I like everything about this painting, mostly though - that the woman reminds me so much of a cat.  From her coy, sly, feline smile - to the way her sleek arms are resting sphynx-like in front of her - to the train of her dress, trailing tail-like and curved.  Plus - if you're familiar with cat behavior... it seems the moment you dress a table - perfect and pristine... that's the exact time a cat wants to rest upon it!

The contrast here too - of Bakst's supping sitter - is lovely, the distribution of dark and light patches, interspersed with intermediate grey.  It isn't just the clever placement of dark and light, but the way in which they nestle against each other - boundaries, yet companions.

Those oranges, I love that touch - the roundness, the brightness, the way there's just a bit of orange-ness near the face of this feline woman... and some orange shadow in the cloth.

This is a painting I would like to study in close detail, wanting to know if these really are orange oranges - or are they just apples which look like oranges through my monitor.  And, with closer examination I would know if there were faint hints of color within the neutral areas of grey or brown.  Are they dull greys and browns - or are there smidgeons of blue or maroon within those neutrals.  The brushstrokes too, are something I like to study.  However, for now, I will just have to enjoy observing this cat-like lady, her kitten-mitten paws, and her rather Schiap Shoe-ish hat from a distance.